The U.S. is all prepping up for the arrival of Fiat’s 2016 model of 500X. American consumers are anticipated to open their arms for this latest X babe compared to its 500L predecessor. Surmise to say, 500X just appeals more to the taste of the minimalist and mature drivers than the immaturely cute 500L. Price tag indicates somewhere between $20,900 and $29,900 upon its release on May.
While you might judge the design of 500X as derivative from its predecessor, it’s actually not. Basically, it’s built from a new global platform supports the Jeep Renegade. Form, details and proportion commands an impressive amount of positive response from anyone who beholds it. 500X looks bulky around its sides but that’s how it captivates beholders. Fascia holds smart-looking headlights with a minimalist mesh grille right on the bumper. Even the Fiat emblem doesn’t highlight itself with extravagance but with utter simplicity.
- Length :2-168.2 in
- Width : 7 in
- Height : 1 in
- Wheelbase :2 in
Engine and Transmission
Performance-wise, 500X base model makes use of the 1.4L Multiair turbo four engine from Fiat Abarth, capable of summoning decent 160hp. Partnered with 6-speed manual transmission and everything’s right on cue. Meanwhile, the standard engine for all other trim levels is a 2.4L 4-cylinder with an impressive 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode.
- Engine : (1) 1.4L Multiair turbocharged and intercooled, 4-cylinder
(2) 2.4L, 4-cylinder
- Transmission : (1) 6-speed manual transmission
(2) 9-speed automatic with manual shifting
- Power : (1) 160 hp
(2) 180 hp
- Torque : (1)184 lb.-ft.
- Mileage : (city) 21-24mpg; (high way) 29-31mpg
- Price : (Pop) $20,900; (Easy) $23,200; (Trekking) $24,000;
(Lounge) $25,750; (Trekking Plus) $28,000
- Competition : Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade and Buick Encore